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Felt Your Sweaters & Make This Rug, Paper Piecing Workshop Recap, etc., etc.

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I spotted this fabulous rug made from felted wool sweaters while reporting an upcoming craft column.

I’m not going to spill the beans about my featured artist before my column is published, but you can buy the pattern for the design to the left here.

I haven’t had time to try it out yet, but I love the finished look and tempted to give it a whirl. Yep, right after I finish my “Grandmother’s Garden” quilt. (Humor me, please.)
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The English Paper Piecing workshop was a wild success. Somehow I hit the mark filling the room to it’s 25-person capacity without turning anyone away.

I was nervous that I wasn’t going to have room for everyone who signed up, but then there were a couple last-minute cancellations and everything worked out. It was quite a trip to invite the public to come craft with me and actually have people show up. I met some great ladies last night and had a great time passing on my limited knowledge of this traditional piecing method.

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A special thanks to the nice people at Paper Pieces in Sycamore, Ill. for donating sample packs for the workshop. It’s challenging to host completely free workshops, so I really appreciated the samples. They were perfect for introducing the technique to 25 stitchers and significantly cut my prep time, which was awesome. Thanks ladies!

If there’s anyone out there interested in sponsoring an upcoming craft workshop by donating fabric, yarns, hooks, needles, notions, kits or other supplies, feel free to e-mail me and I’ll let you know if I can use your stuff. I have a lot of ideas about taking my little workshops on the road and teaching people who don’t have the means to take classes at yarn shops and fabric stores, so let me know if you’d like to help me execute this plan.

I’ll have to tell you about the CSA farm I joined and the Jenny Hart winners tomorrow. It’s time to hit the hay.

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Comment from Catherine
Time: May 22, 2008, 12:55 pm

Jennifer -
You did a great job with the workshop and have really inspired my mom. She’s sketching out ways to incorporate paper pieced elements in her product line. I’ve got a little shirt idea brewing too. :)

Comment from Dawn Elizabeth
Time: May 22, 2008, 4:16 pm

Glad it went well. It looks like fun! I may have extra knitting needles hanging around. If you need them.

Comment from Rachel
Time: May 22, 2008, 5:47 pm

That felted rug is so awesome! I would definitely like to make one!

Comment from elizabeth
Time: May 23, 2008, 5:54 pm

TOTALLY want to help you take the crafting on the road. And I get supplies donated all the time for the other stuff I do, so let me know when you are looking for something specific.

p.s. I owe you a chair at a crowded event. :>

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Time: June 1, 2008, 7:44 pm

[...] is also the artist behind those cool recycled wool rugs that I blogged about not long [...]

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Time: June 1, 2008, 8:42 pm

[...] is also the artist behind those cool recycled wool rugs that I blogged about not long [...]

Comment from Lisa Ginsburg
Time: April 16, 2010, 2:28 pm

I would love to learn how to make that rug from felted sweaters. How can I find out?

Comment from MaggieB
Time: April 16, 2010, 9:35 pm

It must be the time of year… after several requests I have posted English paper piecing instructions on http://www.patchworkquilting.net . Everyone in your class looked liekthey had a world of fun making theirs!

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Time: August 18, 2010, 12:42 am

[...] I really want to make one of these recycled rugs, tutorial here. [...]

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Time: January 13, 2011, 6:25 pm

[...] reality sets in and I think it will be a pillow cover. I was introduced to paper piecing at the Grand Rapids Craft Club event put on by Jennifer of CraftSanity. I didn’t really think I’d like it, but I love [...]

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